Aqua Expeditions Helps Save Endangered Taricaya Turtles

Last week, our M/V Aqua vessel transferred six trays of Taricaya turtle nests from the Pacaya River basin to the town of Nauta. The transfer, conducted in conjunction with authorities from the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, was meant to ensure that most of the eggs will survive after hatching.

With Taricaya turtles (aka Yellow-spotted Amazon River Turtle) in danger of extinction, Aqua Expeditions and local educational institutions transferred a total of 115 nests (each one containing an average of 30 eggs) to artificial beaches in Nauta and Iquitos. Under the care of students and local authorities, the 3,450 turtles born from the eggs will be released into the Pacaya Samiria Reserve upon hatching, increasing the likelyhood the species population will eventually rise to healthy levels again.

Eggs being laid in the trays for transfer to the city of Iquitos.

Aqua Expeditions staff carrying the trays with eggs at the pier in the city of Nauta.

Aqua Expeditions staff placing the trays with eggs in the truck of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve authorities.

Aqua Expeditions staff.